Code of Conduct for Library Users
Welcome to the
University of Maryland Libraries. The Libraries are committed to providing
quality service through its staff, resources and facilities. This Code of
Conduct Policy is for the benefit of all users of the Libraries and is
applicable to all. Users' rights and responsibilities will ensure that the
Libraries and users work together to safeguard the quality of service.
Users of the Libraries are entitled to have:
- A library free of disruptive activity
- Clean surroundings, regardless of whether a particular library permits food
- Access to library materials or an ability to recall them as regulations
- Journals, books, documents and newspapers that are complete and unmarked
- Access to computer terminals for the purpose of performing research
Ensuring a pleasant and productive environment for study and research for
all users requires that each user of the Libraries follow the University of
Maryland Libraries Code of Conduct Policy. Users of the Libraries have a
responsibility to refrain from:
1. Creating any disturbance or exhibiting any behavior that
interferes with normal use of the libraries, including: rowdiness, noise,
sleeping, use of cellular telephones, and wearing or riding roller blades or
skateboards. Audible rings for mobile phones and pagers should be turned off
while owners are in the Libraries. The phones and pagers can be used in
vestibules or lobbies of library buildings.
2. Consuming food or beverages in public areas of selected
libraries, including study carrels. Water in closed, clear plastic bottles is
permitted except around copiers, computers, equipment, and special collections.
Please see below for details related to the McKeldin Library and Engineering and
Physical Sciences Library (EPSL).
3. Smoking or use of any tobacco products in the Libraries.
4. Removing or attempting to remove library materials or property
without checking them out or without authorization.
5. Failing to return materials following the expiration of the
loan period and/or on request for return of materials by the Libraries.
6. Failing to pay the Libraries the value of lost or damaged
7. Concealing library materials in the Libraries for the
exclusive use of an individual or group.
8. Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing
pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft
detection devices or barcodes, or in any other way defacing library materials.
9. Altering computer setting, software or peripherals. Please see
the University's Guidelines for the Acceptable Use of Computing Resources for
further information, at
10. Harassing library staff or patrons.
11. Being in an unauthorized area of the Libraries, remaining in
the Libraries after closing or when requested to leave during emergency
situations or drills.
12. Bringing pets into the Libraries except helper animals.
Food and Drink in Engineering and Physical Sciences Library (EPSL) and
Library users may bring food and drinks into EPSL and
McKeldin. Library users who bring in food and drink are asked to be careful and
respectful of others and to put all trash in proper receptacles promptly. For
environmentally friendly practice and preventing spills, library users are
encouraged to bring drinks in reusable and spill-proof containers.
there are spills, users should clean up their own spills by getting paper towels
from a nearby restroom and clean up the area themselves. Otherwise, they should
report the spill to the nearest service desk and staff there can inform Library
Facilities or Work Control. Members of the same class may gather to work on a
joint project and may eat or drink if they choose while they are in EPSL or
McKeldin. However, they must, as all other users, be mindful of noise and must
clean up before they leave the area.
Users should prevent food or drink
from coming into direct contact with library collections and equipment. Cleanup
can be costly, and damage may be irreversible. If this occurs, please inform
library staff so that they can attempt to clean the books and/or equipment.
Restrictions are the following:
1. Planned group or organizational meetings (e.g. clubs or
sororities) may not host group meals in either library. Cafe (McKeldin) and
vending (EPSL) areas outside the library gates can be used for that purpose.
2. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
3. Food may not be prepared on library premises by bringing in
appliances for cooking, heating, popping corn and the like.
4. Vendors or others may not use EPSL or McKeldin to distribute
free food or drinks, to reward library users for taking surveys or participating
in similar activities.
5. Library users may request food deliveries outside each
library's security gates. Food deliveries are not permitted inside. Library
staff will not attempt to locate users for delivery people.
These rules are put in place to help give library users comfortable and
productive space. Users need to partner with library staff to assure that EPSL
and McKeldin remain clean and well maintained for everyone who uses and works in
Users need to remember and abide by the no-food-no-drink policies
continuing in place in Art, Architecture, Chemistry, Hornbake and Performing
Arts Libraries. Information on the food and drink policy at the Universities at
Shady Grove Library are at
ADMINISTRATIVE MEMO # 11
Effective March 1, 2010
Supersedes "Food, Drink and Smoking Policy," (May 1, 1991)
Suggested revisions to any
Memo should be addressed to the Director
for Administrative Services.